Definition of acetobacter in English:

acetobacter

Line breaks: aceto|bac¦ter
Pronunciation: /əˌsiːtə(ʊ)ˈbaktə
 
, ˌasɪtəʊ-/

noun

[mass noun]
  • Bacteria that oxidize organic compounds to acetic acid, as in vinegar formation.
    • Genus Acetobacter; Gram-negative oval or rod-shaped bacteria
    More example sentences
    • However, the major source is the action of a group of bacteria known as acetobacter which require oxygen from the air for their growth and survival, and cause a reaction between the alcohol of the wine and the oxygen to produce acetic acid.

Origin

modern Latin (genus name), from aceto- + bacterium.

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